Opel-Trio to start 2017 with high expectations

In the 2017 season, the ‘Opel Rallye Junior Team’ will contest the European Rally Championship Junior (FIA ERC Junior) with three works ADAMs R2.

The three Opel rally cars will be driven by 22-year old Briton Chris Ingram, Finland’s Jari Huttunen who is of the same age and 19-year old Italian Tamara Molinaro. The three young guns can demonstrate their skills not only in six events held at international rally venues but also from 17th to 20th August within the framework of the German WRC round, the ‘ADAC Deutschland Rallye’. Should the team succeed in winning the championship once again it would secure its third consecutive title.

All the three drivers and their co-drivers will contest the events with an Opel ADAM R2. Equipped with a normally aspirated 1.6-litre 16V four-cylinder engine (code number A16XER) designed and developed in cooperation with race-engine manufacturer Spiess, the ADAM R2 features a variable camshaft adjustment and produces – at 7,750 rpm – a maximum torque of about 190 Nm. The compact rally cars are run with the specially designed motor-racing engine oil RAVENOL RSS 10W-60. Due to its high viscosity index, is good shear stability and a highly efficient additivation, the fully synthetic high-alloy oil based on esters and poly-alpha olefins is particularly well suited for an extremely racy style of driving – even in the most gruelling conditions. Compared to its production sister, the modified R2 version of the Opel Adam features lighter pistons, special camshafts and valve springs. Also modified for the use in rallying are the flywheel, the intake system in front of the throttle valve, the exhaust system including the manifold, the ECU – and in addition, all the performance relevant mappings also were adapted.

The power transfer is executed via a sequential Sadev five-speed gearbox STC75-14 with limited slip differential – and the high-performance gearbox oil RAVENOL Racing Gearoil makes for the lubrication you need in the demanding rally sport. At the same time, the radiator coolant RAVENOL OTC – Protect C12+ Concentrate makes sure that the engine keeps its cool in every situation. The special hydraulics oil RAVENOL SSF is used for the electro-hydraulic steering of the Opel ADAM R2 – an EHPS Type steering supplied by the manufacturer TRW – and makes for a perfect steering performance even at high speeds. The technical specifications and the lightweight body with integrated safety structure turn the OPEL ADAM R2 into a solid, brisk rally car that truly has got what it takes to raise a lot of dust, with its 16-inch EVO Corse aluminium wheels.

With RAVENOL, Opel Motorsport has been relying since the middle of 2015 on a strong technology partner that knows the motor-racing world like the back of its hand. In the popular series, the RAVENOL motor-racing lubricants provide tailor-made solutions in the areas engine, gearbox and hydraulics oils. 

RAVENOL is looking forward to a great rally season.




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